Hawaii Substance Abuse


Hawaii is the 50th state and most recently added one in the United States, It is the only state which is geographically located in Oceania, although it is governed as a part of North America. Hawaii is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of the area in archipelago, central pacific ocean. The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian archipelago, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.

These are top largest cities in Hawaii

S.NoName of the citiesPopulationLatitude/Longitude
1Honolulu371,65721.307 / -157.858
2East49,91421.289 / -157.717
3Pearl City47,69821.397 / -157.975
4Hilo43,26319.73 / -155.091
5Kailua38,63521.402 / -157.741

Most commonly abused drugs in Hawaii

  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Opioids

Substance abuse facts in hawaii

  • In the United States for fatal drug overdoses,hawaii is ranked in the 34th position.
  • In 2000, For serious health conditions the first state in the country approved to use marijuana as a medicine is Hawaii. In the past decade, these laws has been evolved
  • In 2000, Hawaii became the first state to approve the use of medical marijuana for serious health conditions. Over the past decade, laws have evolved around the drug’s qualifying conditions and dispensary programs.
  • In a decade(1999-2010) it has been observed that the number of overdoses in hawaii has been doubled and it is continuously growing.
  • The majority of these overdoses are due to prescription painkillers and methamphetamine.
  • Hawaii has recorded 410 percent average over the nation for the positive methamphetamine tests(effects of meth on the body) in their work area.
  • Apart from painkillers and meth, the other substance used for abuse in the states were cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, which even ranks high on the list.
  • Every year for the illegal use of marijuana there has been recorded 1,500 arrests in the state.
  • In the year 2015 about 28% of federal court drug convictions was because of the usage of methamphetamine. Usage of crystal meth has long been a problem in the island.
  • In the state, a small number of high schoolers experiment marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin besides alcohol. Teenage drinking is still an issue in the state, even though it has a lower number of people abusing it.
  • In 2013-2014, 6.8%(78,000)people were dependent on alcohol abuse in the state over the age of 12 and older.
  • From 2007–2014, SAMHSA reports that only 14.4 percent of those struggling with illicit drug use received treatment. That’s about 4,000 people per year.

Substance abuse treatment

  • In 2015 there has been observed a positive note about the number of admissions in the treatment centers. It has been increased nearly 6000.
  • On the overall percentage of people who were receiving treatment about 62.3% of people were being treated for alcohol and drug abuse, nearly 23.5% of people for drug addiction and for alcohol alone it is 14.2%.
  • Total substance abuse admission in the hawaii state over the age of 12 and older in the year 2005-2015
  • For substance abuse disorder nearly 6,832 people received treatment
S.NoName of the drug Number people received treatmentpercentage
4 Opiate4106%

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Hawaii is the largest island in the United states, due to its uniqueness it is easily prone to the use of illicit drugs, as it can be easily obtained in the coastal area. There has been observed a constant increase in the graph for the number of users addicted to drugs in the state. Government takes much more effort to control it and avails many treatment options inside the state, there are some private organisation too. Check how treatment centers help you and provides you with the best therapies on affordable cost. Addictionaide lists top centers in your state with their reviews and lot more centers in your city and nearby states.

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